John Sullivan has had a wide variety of career experiences. He has served as a Marine Corps fighter pilot, a squadron and air station commander, senior staff officer, consultant, quality examiner, athletics director, professor, and conference commissioner. He is widely acclaimed as an authority on servant leadership as an author, a teacher and a practitioner.
Sullivan served for nine years as an associate professor of business at Montreat College, Montreat, NC. His teaching focus was in the disciplines of leadership and management. His course, "Servant Leadership," has impacted hundreds of students and influenced many others worldwide through the Internet.
A highly decorated Vietnam veteran, prior to entering academia he served for 28 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a helicopter gunship pilot, fighter pilot, squadron commander, senior staff officer, base commander, and professor, retiring as a colonel. As a senior staff officer in the Pentagon, he was Program Coordinator for what was then the Department of the Navy's largest development and acquisition program, the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. While he was the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC, the base was selected in worldwide competition as the best installation in the Marine Corps and received the prestigious Commander-in-Chief's Award for Installation Excellence.
He was the Course Director of Policy Making and Implementation within the National Security Decision Making Department and professor of management at the Naval War College, Newport, RI. He taught in the graduate program primarily in leadership education. He authored a number of papers, case studies, and articles including "Policy Implementation: Leadership in Large and Complex Organizations," published by the Naval War College Press (1994). He also served as an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.
An American Society for Quality Certified Quality Manager, he was a founder of the Rhode Island Area Coalition for Excellence (RACE), helped design its State quality award, and was its first lead examiner.
In 1997, he assumed leadership of the athletic department at Montreat College in addition to his teaching duties. He was elected President of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) in 1998 and was selected as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Region XII Athletics Director of the Year in 1999 and 2003. He was selected as the first Commissioner of the AAC in 2003. Sullivan was awarded the NAIA's prestigious Charles Morris Administrator of the Year Award in 2011.
His books include, Servant First! Leadership for the New Millennium, Leadership Challenges for Servant Leaders, My Betrayer is at Hand, Details, Details, Details, Truth Telling, Severing the Ties that Bind, Good News - Bad News, Eliminate Goal-Setting?, Strategy and Plans, a children's book, Seven Virtues, The Adventures of John Mouse, and Formatting Tips for Publishing a CreateSpace Book & Kindle Direct eBook. All these are available in print or ebook version in our eBookstore, at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other major bookstores.
Sullivan is an elder in Christ Community Church - Montreat. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (BA), Webster University (MA), and the Naval War College. He and his wife live in Western North Carolina.